10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips
Shruti.garg, 2 days ago, #CAT
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10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips - It is normally said that the last lap of a race is very important. Similarly, the last few days before the exam are very critical. Now that just 10 days are left for CAT 2019, candidates must be aware of the last minute preparation tips. It is during this last phase that one needs to pull up their socks and give their best so that they can ease through the exam without any difficulty. As part of last minute preparation tips with only 10 days for CAT, candidates must remain stress free, take the mock tests, do not take up any new topic. At this stage, candidates who will appear for CAT, they should not panic, keeping your cool will help you focus better and crack the exam. At this eleventh hour here are some tips and guidance by the CAT toppers as they share their examination strategies and on how to proceed. Read the full article to know all about last minute preparation tips as only 10 days are left for CAT 2019.
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Don’t Stress Yourself

With just a few days left for CAT 2019, don’t have a lot on your plate. Keep your motivation level high of entering into desired B-school. You just need to brush the concepts that you have studied. Don’t touch any new areas. Manaswi who bagged 9.14 percentile in CAT 2018 shares his strategy by stating that “CAT not only checks your exam knowledge, but also your mental strength, and how you can handle exam day stress. So, I had a plan prepared for the last seven days in advance. This was the idea of my teacher, and according to the plan I took my last mock on November 20, and in the last four days, I didn't study. Just played my FIFA games (after 11 months), watched a few sitcoms, and read a book. These worked wonders! I was extremely calm on November 25, and remarkably it was unprecedented.”

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Practise Easy Mocks

As it is said, practice makes a man perfect, don’t stop practicing through mocks. Make sure you give mock as per the exam pattern of CAT 2019. Make yourself sit for three hours and practice to manage time and sections accordingly. With more practice there are fewer chances of making errors. Remember while practicing having a competitive mind is good however, don’t stress yourself over making mistakes.

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Continue Reading Editorials

As the final D-day is approaching make sure you read editorials every day. Reading editorials from newspapers like The Hindu, help one cover diverse areas which help in shaping the reader's point of view and importantly improving language, knowledge about current affairs and formation of sentences. Reading editorials helps you grasp a good hold on language and stay updated with the latest happenings around the world. Furthermore, as suggested by Niranjan who scored 100 percentile suggests that “To build on my VA, I bought a couple of books online, from Amazon. I utilised Arun Sharma’s book on VARC which is very detailed and has lots of questions for practice. This helped me get a good hold on VARC.”

Remember, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All”

While preparing don’t approach everybody to formulate the plans for the last days. Know what is best for yourself. As what worked for others might not work for you, which can lead to disappointments. Keep yourself energized for the D-day and don’t compare yourself or preparation level that of others. “My message for next year's candidates would be to prepare and take the exam in a positive frame of mind and without putting too much pressure on themselves. One has to work out the strategy of what works best for them, rather than trying to implement exactly the same thing that worked for someone else.”, as suggested by Amit Bikram who bagged 100 percentile in CAT 2019.

Take Care of Health- Eat Light and Healthy

While preparing for CAT 2019, eat protein rich food which helps in increasing the mental alertness. Even if you feel stressed don’t skip your meals as your brain needs the energy to work efficiently. If the intake of food is difficult for you, make sure you have smoothies or protein shakes in order not to feel fatigued while giving an exam. Most importantly, avoid eating food items like muffins, cakes, and other junk food as it takes time and energy to digest. At last, don’t forget to take good sleep don’t hop to cram a little more information by studying late nights.

Revise all Formulas and Tips

While preparing, make sure you have written important formulas and while revising just go through those formulas for quick revision. Always try to recall all the formulas before going to bed.

Catch some rays

As said “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, you must pursue your hobbies by involving in recreational activities helping in de-stressing yourself. CAT 2018 topper Mayur, who scored 99.88 percentile says that “I played badminton for a couple of hours before CAT day. It made me feel relaxed.”

As machines also shut down when it is required to be cool, similarly you should rejuvenate your inner system by performing your hobby. This helps in increasing self esteem and a chance to connect with your soul.

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I just appeared for the CAT 2020 and my projected percentile is around 88. I have CGPA 8.4 for 10th grade, 76.8 for 12th, and 6.78 CGPA for Graduation. I have 1 year of Work Experience as well. I would like to know if it is worth it to apply for XIMB. Usually the cutoff is around 90 percentile?

rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. The cutoff for XIMB goes around 90 percentile every year. It could be high or low depending on the cutoff scores that varies every year. Since your score is near to 90 percentile and if you have a work experience that is worth considering for admission into MBA program. Then you can at least give it a try. You never know what will be the exact situation in the upcoming admission processes.

So, my suggest for you is to definitely give it a try.

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rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year. There are several factors determining the cutoff such as:-

  • Number of candidates appearing in IRMASAT 2020 exam.
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  • Number of candidates passing IRMASAT 2020

However, based on previous years cutoffs, it is expected that the Cat and XAT cutoff for OBC NCL candidates will be somewhere around 70 percentile. For your reference, I am sharing a link with you which consists of all the necessary information of the exam along with the expected cutoff.


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Does Nirma University, Ahmedabad, consider CAT scores for admission in MBA?

Harshita Gupta 5th Dec, 2019
Yes, they do consider CAT score for admissions.
For admissions, CAT score has a weightage of 60%, PI 20% and TDP 10% and academic performance 10%.
The last date for application is 26 December 2019.
Shortlisting of candidates will be done in February 2020.
You must have a graduate degree from a recognised university with aggregate score of 50%.

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I am interested in IMI kolkata and Praxis kolkata. Which one is best? I score 61 masks in CAT 2019.

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Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you both are considered to be decent business schools in Kolkata. Praxis is focused more on Business Analytics specialization MBA. It has good curriculum along with many placement opportunities. But if you are looking for a general MBA program, then IMI could be a better option for you. IMI is considered to be one of the top business schools in West Bengal. Comparing the placement records and the the companies visiting the campus, IMI can be a better option for you.

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